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Winter Watch for Dabbling Ducks

Winter Watch for Dabbling Ducks

Winter is the perfect time of the year, to see migrating ducks.

“MAGICAL” PROPOSAL FOR LONDON LOVEBIRDS AT ILLUMINATURE

“MAGICAL” PROPOSAL FOR LONDON LOVEBIRDS AT ILLUMINATURE

ILLUMINATURE is one of the most romantic spots in the capital

It is time to discover your wellbeing!

It is time to discover your wellbeing!

London Wetlands Centre is a place where you can take time out for yourself.

Meet the Otters

Meet the Otters

Meet Tod and Honey, our pair of Asian small-clawed otters.

NEW ILLUMINATED TRAIL OPENS

NEW ILLUMINATED TRAIL OPENS

For the first time, Londoners looking for a unique night out will be able to visit London Wetland Centre after dark to enjoy a magical illuminated landscape and experience a totally different perspective on wildlife.

WWT London Wetland Centre general manager talks ILLUMINATURE

WWT London Wetland Centre general manager talks ILLUMINATURE

Lisa Woodward talks about ILLUMINATURE, some of the highlights you can look out for and how she hopes the event will inspire a new generation to fall in love and engage with nature.

ILLUMINATURE

ILLUMINATURE

Experience Nature in a Different Light at London Wetland Centre this autumn

Conservation grazing

Conservation grazing

WWT London Wetland Centre uses grazing animals such as sheep and cattle to maintain and increase biodiversity on the reserve.

 Spring 2021

Spring 2021

Spring is a brilliant time of the year when new life begins. It’s the perfect moment for you and your family to get outdoors and be inspired by nature.

Winter brings its own special beauty to our wetlands.

Winter brings its own special beauty to our wetlands.

As the centre is currently close, we have decided to show you, a bit of what is happening behind the scenes. Get a snapshot of our reserve management work and uncover the fascinating wildlife.

Fall for  London Wetland Centre this autumn

Fall for London Wetland Centre this autumn

WWT London Wetland Centre is an ideal place to immerse yourself in nature and there is no better time to see what wetlands have to offer than autumn. Our wetlands are safe havens where people can explore the outdoors, focus some energy inwards and look a

Wetlands Unravelled: a programme of contemporary art exploring the paradoxes of conservation in the wetlands environment

Wetlands Unravelled: a programme of contemporary art exploring the paradoxes of conservation in the wetlands environment

WWT London Wetland Centre launches Wetlands Unravelled, a ten-month contemporary art programme woven throughout the lakes, ponds and reed beds of one of the capital’s largest wetlands.

Sustainability at London Wetland Centre

Sustainability at London Wetland Centre

Across WWT we are committed to minimising our negative environmental impacts and ensure continuous improvement in our sustainability. London Wetland Centre is no exception, and we have a huge range of sustainability initiatives in place.

The Importance of Urban Wetlands

The Importance of Urban Wetlands

Human beings are now officially an ‘urban species’, with more than 50% of world’s population now living in urban areas. However this trend towards urbanisation for our species has had catastrophic impacts for many others as they, and the habitats they depend on, have been squeezed out of the urban landscape. These impacts are particularly severely felt by wetlands. Most urban centres developed precisely because of wetlands, which provided easy access to water, rich agricultural land, and navigable access. However the extent of urban development means many have been drained and built on entirely and remaining fragments are severely degraded. As well as being disastrous for wetland wildlife this has also had severe impacts on our society, with the ecosystem services that these wetlands provided having been severely compromised. WWT has always played a role in trying to redress that balance. London Wetland Centre was created right in the heart of one of the world’s biggest urban centres and was a major step forward in bringing wetlands back into the urban environment. So far, we have logged up to 2,399 wildlife species at WWT London Wetland Centre. With a tally of 57 species per hectare of reserve, it makes WWT London Wetland Centre one of the best wildlife watched nature reserves across the whole country. Records from WWT staff, volunteers, visiting wildlife experts, but just as importantly from members of the visiting public have contributed to this amazing “urban wildlife watch” undertaken on site – perhaps unexpectedly making it an urban mecca of collaborative citizen science at its best. WWT are now taking this concept even further, with our ‘Working Wetlands’ approach which seeks to use the multiple benefits that these wetlands can provide as a way to bring them back into people’s homes, businesses, neighbourhoods and daily lives.

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